Returning to work full time next year and My son will be just over 1.

Currently in FDC 1 day a week and the lady is so amazing, but full time care for next year can’t be confirmed till September. Although she has said she’s happy to have my son.
We were offered full time care at a centre for next year and had to pay $150 deposit to secure which we did due to the major shortages in care atm.

My question is, has anyone mixed the care? I’m thinking of doing FDC 4days and the centre 1 day pw but I’m concerned the staff may not form that bond with him if it’s only 1 day. Thoughts?

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  • I didn’t mix care, but at different times I was using as little as one or two days a week per child. If it’s a good centre, the staff will have no problem forming a bond with your son.

  • I think it’s better for consistency for your child to just be at one centre

  • I think some of my friends mix the care centers.

  • I don’t have my son in any care other than my own but I have friends who have used mixed care for their kids

  • Some people I know have done this. As others said, give it a try.

  • Give it a try and see how it goes. See if it suits you and your child, then go from there

  • Absolutely do-able! I don’t personally but have many families I know that share these types of care. It seems to work well that the child/ren have a mix of different carers as long as there’s consistency with those carers.

  • yes i did mixed care as they had benefits for both . year before school, I put into most days into preschool for school readiness

  • I was a country area FDCarer for 7 years and love the model as is more flexible to the babies needs. But I do not think scheduling should be your motivation for choice. I often had kids who did not suit the centre model. Some kids are stressed by the structure and social pressures of so many people. Better to remember it is not a one time decision but will need to be monitored to change if model does not suit your child.

  • Yes i agree, I would just give it a go and see how it goes

  • We only did centre but there are pros and cons to both. Give it a go mixed and see how you like the arrangement

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